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Bemidji artist Jane Freeman helped organize nearly 100 other artists to donate paintings to support Wildlife Rehabilitation & Nature Preservation Society, Inc. in cleaning oiled birds following the April 22 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Her painting of a great blue heron and the other artists' works are available on T-shirts and other merchandise at zazzle.com. Image Courtesy ofJane Freeman

Local artist helps organize art donations for cleaning oiled birds

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Twelve species of Minnesota waterfowl winter along the Gulf of Mexico.

These birds, including herons, loons and pelicans, will soon be heading south, possibly into the scene of a disaster. The April 22 blowout of the BP Deepwater Horizon well has left marshes and coastlines fouled and water birds in danger from the spilled oil and chemical dispersants.

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